Highfield launches Award in Fundamental British Values

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new qualification, the Highfield Entry Level Award in Fundamental British Values (Entry 3) (RQF).

This qualification is fully available for delivery and assessment now and aims to provide learners with knowledge of British values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

It also covers the aims of Prevent, concepts of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism and the impact of extremism on both local communities and the nation. Learners will learn how to identify the warning signs of radicalisation and how to keep themselves safe.

How long is the course?
The qualification has a total qualification time of 17 hours, of which 15 are recommended as guided learning hours, and so courses should follow this duration for the typical learner.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by an internally set and assessed portfolio of evidence. Highfield has provided centres with assessment documentation they can use, which is available to download from the Members’ Area. You will need to have IQA processes in place, and you will be supported by our EQS team through engagements.

How can I start to deliver?
You can start delivering this qualification now! Please contact your account manager and they can start the approval process for you.

Before delivering your courses, please make sure you are familiar with the qualification specification, which outlines all learning outcomes, assessment criteria and centre requirements.

What supporting resources are available?
We’ve created an Understanding Fundamental British Values and the Principles of Prevent Knowledge-kit to support you with the delivery of this qualification.

This Knowledge-kit enhances the learning experience of those completing the Entry Level 3 Award. It includes both a textbook and workbook for the following unit of the Highfield Entry Level 3 Award in Fundamental British Values.

The Knowledge-kit is also available as an e-kit (please note that e-kits are subject to VAT).

Contact your account manager today for more information about learner fees, kit prices and special offers!

Interested in becoming a centre with Highfield? Contact us on 01302 363277 or email info@highfield.co.uk

Paediatric first aid certificate validity extension

Following the announcement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that an extension to 30 September 2020 can be applied to First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020, where first aiders cannot access requalification training due to coronavirus, the Department for Education has announced the validity of paediatric first aid certificates can also be extended to 30th September 2020.

This advice is now available in two places on Gov.uk. These are in section 8.6 in the ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak’ guidance, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#early-years-foundation-stage

And in section 6.2 of the Early Years Foundation Stage disapplication guidance published 1 June, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2.

The First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) recently released a statement on the agreed guidelines for first aid delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Highfield has written a guidance document for centres who wish to run first aid courses when it is safe to do so.

More information about what our COVID-19 guidance document includes and where it can be found was covered in our recent blog: Providing safe and socially distanced first aid training during COVID-19

If you are a Highfield centre delivering first aid courses and have questions regarding first aid certificate validity extensions, please contact your account manager.

For anything else, you can contact the team on 01302 363277 or info@highfield.co.uk

Providing safe and socially distanced first aid training during COVID-19

Discussions have recently taken place between the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP), which includes the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the wider first aid sector to agree on guidelines for first aid delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full statement is available to view at the FAAOF website: http://www.firstaidqualifications.org.uk/

In response to this, Highfield has written a guidance document outlining the principles for centres who wish to run first aid courses when it is safe to do so. The document can be found under the downloads section of every first aid qualification on our website as COVID-19 guidance.

It contains guidance on hygiene and infection prevention and control practices that those delivering first aid training need to have in place and assessment adjustments that can be put in place to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have also provided links to the following videos which you can show your learners to assist with handwashing or sanitising on arrival at a training session:

Handwashing: https://vimeo.com/395442604 
Hand sanitising: https://vimeo.com/395442618

The HSE has also released guidance covering requirements for workplace first aiders in non-healthcare settings during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time. This is available at https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm#non-healthcare

To further help you safely deliver first aid during COVID-19, we have developed a free downloadable presentation accessible here: https://content-web3.highfieldqualifications.com/media/5404/delivering-safe-first-aid-training-during-covid19.pdf

If you are a Highfield centre delivering first aid courses and have questions regarding the COVID-19 guidance, please contact your account manager.

For anything else, you can contact the team on 01302 363277 or info@highfield.co.uk

We’ve Hit the Big 4-0 for Approved Standards

new epa standards

We already have one of the biggest and best offers for end-point assessment (EPA) in the apprenticeship sector.

But we’re not ones to sit on our laurels and think the job’s done.

So we’re delighted to have been approved to deliver EPA for TWO new apprenticeship standards, the Associate Project Manager standard and the Express Delivery Operative standard.

That brings our grand total of standards we’re approved to deliver EPA for to 40. And we’ve no doubt we’ll be hitting the big 50 in the near future!

How do these roles fit within my business?

An effective associate project manager will each project receives the needed attention and forethought to ensure its success. Working with the project team, they need to know:

  • what needs to be achieved 
  • how the project will be achieved
  • how long the project will take 
  • how much the project will cost

As such, an associate project manager will need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. They will utilise resources with suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work in a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities.

Express delivery operatives are an ambassador for the industry, their brand, and the goods they carry. They need to provide a high level of customer service, which may include real-time tracking of deliveries or the installation of electrical and other goods. In addition to maintaining excellent communication throughout the delivery chain from collection to delivery point and dealing correctly with failed deliveries and returns. Ensure your express delivery operatives have the knowledge they need to reach the level you require for your business. 

You can find the full range of standards we cover here: https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-standards

Why choose Highfield for your EPA?
We’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to.

We can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your apprentices achieve your goals.

In fact, we’re one of the leading authorities on EPA in the country and have already worked with some of the biggest and best-known organisations in the UK, delivering thousands of successful assessments across over 30 different apprenticeship standards.

This all stems from our unbeatable offer and complete assessment service, which includes:

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice and employer requirements

All of which adds up to thousands of happy apprentices, providers and employers!

So, whether you’re considering taking on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have your existing in-house training recognised, or you’re searching for services to ensure you claim your full share of levy funding, you can trust us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling www.highfieldassessment.com

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

Remote delivery and assessment of Security Qualifications pilot – webinar

Highfield’s digital portfolio is helping to keep businesses on the front foot during the COVID-19 crisis.

Our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite is now being piloted for some of Highfield’s security qualifications, meaning that your teaching can be done through remote learning and learners can qualify from the safety of their home.

How our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite works:

E-learning – award winning, instantly available, accessible anywhere

E-assessment – regulated assessments on your computer

Remote online invigilation – at home when convenient with the learner

In this webinar we’ll explain which of our security qualifications can be delivered remotely under the pilot, plus, we’ll demonstrate how to:

• let learners learn AND qualify from home or anywhere in the country

• enable home and work-based test to be undertaken using a remote invigilator

• conduct tests under normal exam conditions set out by Ofqual

All the information in this webinar was correct at time of broadcast (3 April 2020).

For more information on our webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Remote Invigilation for End Point Assessment Webinar

This webinar covers how remote invigilation works for end-point assessment.

Our distance test conditions enable everyone to adhere to government advice by sitting isolated examinations at home or in the workplace.

This webinar explains how you can:

enable home and work-based tests to be undertaken with a remote invigilator

conduct tests under Highfield’s normal exam conditions

access support from our employer engagement managers who will support you through the entire process

The information in this webinar was correct at the time of broadcast (3 April 2020).

For more on our webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Turn home working into home qualifying – webinar

Our digital portfolio can help keep your business on the front foot during the COVID-19 crisis.

Offer your candidates and clients, even those in isolation, an alternative with our complete 3 step ‘Qualify at Home’ suite.

What you’ll learn from the webinar:

How our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite works

E-learning – award winning, instantly available, accessible anywhere.

E-assessment – regulated assessments on your computer.

Remote online invigilation – at home when convenient with the learner.

We’ll show you how to:

• Let learners learn AND qualify from home or anywhere in the country.

• Enable home and work-based test to be undertaken without an invigilator present.

• Conduct test under normal exam conditions set out by Ofqual

Highfield – supporting your business and learners during COVID-19.

This FREE webinar took place on Tuesday 31 March 2020. The information provided was correct at the time of broadcast.

For more on our webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

 

 

Highfield urges common sense approach to licence applications 

One of the leading exam boards for licensing courses has urged Local Authorities to adopt a common-sense approach when it comes to requesting qualification certificates during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Highfield Qualifications, which awards the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) and the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) at SCQF Level 6 made the plea after it was contacted by a number of learners who had been told the digital certificates it issues were not valid when applying for licences.  
 
Under the terms of the Licensing Act, digital certificates, sometimes known as e-certificates, are considered to be ‘originals’ and are therefore a valid way for applicants to demonstrate they have achieved the required qualification.  
 
Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive said, ‘Digital certificates or e-certificates have been considered as originals for a number of years now, and are a valid means under the terms of the Licensing Act for anyone to prove they have the necessary qualification required for an alcohol licence. However, some Local Authorities have always refused to accept them, instead insisting on hard copies, which need to be processed manually.  
 
Highfield, our centres and our learners would really appreciate the support of Local Authorities during the COVID-19 lockdown, so that together we can ensure no applicants are disadvantaged and are able to confidently prepare themselves for a return to work when the time comes.  
 
Highfield’s plea comes shortly after the Institute of Licensing issued guidance, Protocol for Licence Applications & Hearings Under The Licensing ACT 2003 During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which states that Local Authorities should adopt an online, digital-first approach to licensing issues throughout the current situation. 
 
Local Authorities can check any applicant’s certificate, completely, free of charge, using its CheckCert service at https://checkcert.highfieldqualifications.com/ 

For more information on Highfield Qualifications, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com  

 
 

End Point Assessment – Portfolio and Project Submissions

Want to know what it’s like working with Highfield for end-point assessment?

Watch the recording of Highfield’s End-Point Assessment – Portfolio and Project Submissions webinar which took place on Tuesday 31 March.

In this, the Highfield Assessment team dissect the myths around this area of EPA and provide guidance based on our own experiences of good and bad practice.

The webinar covered in detail areas around Portfolio and Project Submissions including: ·

  • a brief introduction to Highfield Assessment
  • guidance on portfolio and project submissions
  • using matrix documents
  • evidencing criteria
  • the provider’s involvement
  • best practice document sharing
  • lessons learned and myth-busting

Once again, the Highfield team were online to answer all audience questions live, on-air during the broadcast.

This FREE webinar took place on Tuesday 31 March 2020. The information provided was correct at the time of broadcast.

To see register for our future webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Extension of pool lifeguarding certificates 

With the current COVID-19 situation affecting the country, and gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities being asked to close, we wanted to provide some reassurance to those working in the pool lifeguarding sector.  
 
We are pleased to announce that certificates for our Highfield Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding (RQF) qualification that were due to expire on or before 30 June 2020 will now be extended by three months to support you through this difficult period.  
 
You do not need to do anything for this to happen, so there’s no need to get in touch. The extension will be implemented automatically.   
 
Should the current period of uncertainty continue, we will review the extension period and update you accordingly.  
 
In the meantime, please contact us on 01302 363277 or email info@highfield.co.uk if you have any questions.